Children’s Blog

Cookies in the Library?

That's right, our friend and fellow librarian Christi Showman Farrar visited us yesterday and taught us all how to make and decorate Dino-mite cookies! Check out some of the kids working hard!

decorating cookies



Yum! The finished product...


The New Reading Rocks Books have Arrived!!

Calling all rising Winchester 4th and 5th graders... the new Reading Rocks books have arrived! Please remember the limit is two per reader and they are not renewable. Happy reading!!

You can download the new list here.

new reading rocks



Firefighter Josh Returns!!

Back by popular demand! Firefighter Josh returned to the Children's Room yesterday to a very enthusiastic crowd! Many of our young friends came dressed in their own firefighter gear! Firefighter Josh read one of our favorites, Curious George at the Fire Station, talked about fire safety and showed everyone his special Fire Suit. He also brought everyone a special red Fire Hat! Thank you again Firefighter Josh! We are so grateful to have such wonderful community helpers here in Winchester! If you attended the program please stop by the Children's Room to sign a thank you card for our friend Firefighter Josh!

ff Josh Story

firefighter gear


Ambrose Summer Reading Suggestions from the 5th grade

At our recent visit to Ambrose, the fifth-graders were bursting with reading enthusiasm--so much so that they broke into spontaneous applause at just the mention of a couple of book titles. Here's a list of their suggestions for summer reading:

Anderson, L. H. Fever, 1793
Applegate, K. Home of the Brave
Asch, F. Star Jumper
Avi City of Orphans
Avi Sophia's War
Barron, T.A. Merlin (series)
Birdseye, T. Storm Mountain
Bolger, K. Zombiekins
Bosch, P. The Name of this Book is Secret (series)
Burnett, F H. The Secret Garden
Chick, B. The Secret Zoo (series)
Chima, C. The Demon King
Clare, C. Fallen Angels
Clements, A. Lost and Found
Collins, S. Hunger Games (series)
Dashner, J. The Maze Runner
Davies, J. The Lemonade War (series)
Draper, S. Out of My Mind
Du Bois, W. The Twenty-One Balloons
Duble, K. Sacrifice
Emerson, M. Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja
Erskine, K. Mockingbird
Flanagan, J. Ranger's Apprentice (series)
Fleischman, S. Bandit's Moon
Funke, C. Ghost Knight
Gutman, D. The Genius Files
Haddix, M. Found (series)
Hahn, M. Closed for the Season
Hiaasen, C. Hoot
Holm, J. Turtle in Paradise
Horowitz, A. Alex Rider (series)
Hughes, D. Search and Destroy
Kessler, E. Emily Windsnap (series)
Kinney, J. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
Korman, G. Titanic (series)
Law, I. Savvy
Lee, H. To Kill a Mockingbird
Lord, C. Rules (series)
Lowry, L. All About Sam
Lowry, L. Number the Stars
Lyga, B. Archvillain (series)
Martin, A. Everything for a Dog
Mass, W. The Candymakers
Mass, W. 11 Birthdays (series)
McDonald, M. The Sisters Club (series)
McMann, L. The Unwanteds
Montalbano, A. Breakaway
Myklusch, M. The Secret War

Suggested summer reading list for students entering 6th grade

Those of you entering middle school are about to encounter some rapidly expanding horizons. We have tried to reflect this in our suggestions for summer reading, which contains books from both the children's room and the young adult collection.

You can download the PDF here, or come in to visit us for more suggestions. And, as always, please let us know what you think.

Lincoln Summer Reading Suggestions from the 5th Grade

On Monday morning, we had a very pleasant visit with the Lincoln School 5th graders and their School Media Specialist, LeeAnne Toner. We provided some summer reading suggestions to them and in return, they enthusiastically provided some fantastic suggestions to us:

Applegate. K. The One and Only Ivan
Asch, F. Journal of a Cardboard Genius (series)
Auxier, J. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Birdsall, J. The Penderwicks (series)
Birdseye, T. Storm Mountain
Bosch, P. Secret (series)
Chick, B. The Secret Zoo (series)
Clements, A. Frindle
Collins, S. Gregor the Overlander (series) and Hunger Games (series)
Curtis, C.P. Bud Not Buddy and The Mighty Miss Malone
DiCamillo, K. Because of Winn-Dixie
D’Lacey, C. The Last Dragon Chronicles (series)
DuPrau, J. The Books of Ember (series)
Flanagan, J. Rangers Apprentice (series)
Foley, L. Remarkable
Green, T. Football Genius (series)
Grisham, J. Theodore Boone (series)
Gutman, D. Genius Files (series)
Horowitz, A. Alex Rider (series)
Hunter, E. Seekers/Warriors (series)
Klise, K. 43 Old Cemetery Road (series)
Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Korman, G. Swindle
Jacques, B. Redwall (series)
Lasky, K. The Guardians of Ga’hoole (series)
Lin, G. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (series)
Lord, C. Rules
Lore, P. I Am Number Four (series)
Lowry, L. The Giver (series) and Number the Stars
Lupica, M. The Big Field and True Legend 
Palacio, R.J. Wonder
Paolini, C. Eragon (series)
Rawls, W. Where the Red Fern Grows